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Tree Assessment

Overview

One of the primary concerns in Elgin is public safety. Tree removal and pruning projects are a vital part of risk reduction in the city and our neighborhoods. Almost 95% of the public trees in Elgin are in good to fair condition; however, there are large trees that are dead or have serious defects that threaten the safety of our streets, sidewalks, parks, homes, businesses, and the people who use them. View more details.

 

What is a "risk tree?"
The recent citywide public tree assessment revealed where high-risk trees are located and prioritized the maintenance work needed to correct or eliminate the risk. A 'risk tree' is defined as an entire tree or defective tree part that poses a high risk upon its failure or fracture to cause injury to people or damage property. A tree is not considered a high risk unless there is a nearby target that it could injure or damage. A target could be a person, vehicle, building, recreational area, or any area where people or vehicles are likely to be, stop, or congregate. By definition then, a risk tree = a defective part + a target + high probability of failure.

 

How is a risk tree determined?
To determine the severity of risk and the probability of failure, Certified Arborists carefully assess each tree and make note of: the size, species, and overall condition of the tree; cracks, splits, or other defects in the roots, trunk, and branches; and the presence of targets and frequency of use of the area.

 

If a tree is removed, will another one be planted?
Every effort will be made to replace a tree that is removed. A tree will be replaced if the abutting property owner requests a replacement tree, if the location is suitable for a new tree, and if sufficient funding is available.